See a Sneak Peek of Michael Fassbender & Marion Cotillard in Macbeth

first_img View Comments Something wicked this way comes! The Scottish play is heading to the big screen once more, starring Oscar nominee Michael Fassbender and Oscar winner Marion Cotillard as the bloodthirsty couple. Director Justin Kurzel has reimagined Macbeth, which of course follows the title Scottish general, who receives a prophecy from three witches that one day he will become King of Scotland and ends up in a spiral of arrogance, madness and death. Check out Fassbender and Cotillard killing it in the trailer below, then join us in hoping that the pair will be making their Broadway debuts sooner rather than later.last_img

Northeast Cooperatives Members to Vote on Merger

first_imgNortheast Cooperatives’ Board of Directors announced that it is recommending to the membership that Northeast Cooperatives be combined with United Natural Foods, Inc. (UNFI) through a merger. The agreement is subject to approval of Northeast Cooperative’s members. Terms of the merger agreement are private.The accelerating trend towards consolidation in the natural foods industry and the pressure for all grocery distributors to continue to achieve increasing and similar economies of scale was a factor in Northeast’s Board of Directors’ decision. Tim Kraus, President and Chairperson of Northeast Cooperatives’ Board of Directors said, “After extensive consideration of values, economics, pricing, service parameters and a competitive biding process, the Board of Directors was unanimous in selecting UNFI as the best distribution partner for our members and customers. UNFI’s history, product line, and service to the marketplace are similar in many ways to Northeast’s. Like Northeast, UNFI has a long history of support for the issues that concern our members, such as organic foods.”Past President and current member of Northeast Cooperatives’ Board of Directors, Terry Appleby said, “The Board fully recognizes the seriousness and finality of this step. The decision to recommend this merger to the members is based on many years of analysis of industry trends and extensive exploration of Northeast’s options by management and the Board of Directors. To ensure the long-term success of our members and their access to a reliable source of supply and services, the Board is convinced this is the right time to sell and the right partner.”David Fowle, past President and current member of Northeast’s Board said, “Many of the benefits of the merger will be tangible and immediate to Northeast’s members and customers, such as improved service levels, continued long term improvement of distribution capabilities and capacity and continued access to sources of supply though favorable supply agreements. This is of importance to our diverse membership base, particularly buying clubs.”CEO George Southworth said, “Substantially all of the staff will be retained at close of the transaction. As UNFI integrates the operations over the next year, many of the staff will be transferred to the UNFI Chesterfield N.H. facility 9 miles from Northeast Cooperatives’ Brattleboro facility. It is expected that those staff released from service will receive ample notice. Severance for those staff released is a significant and important part of the agreement.”Northeast Cooperatives’ members will vote on the proposal in early December 2002. With the members’ approval, the transaction would close shortly thereafter.last_img read more

May 25 webinar precursor to CUNA reg burden study

first_img continue reading » Credit unions interested in participating in CUNA’s updated regulatory burden study are urged to register now, in time for an introductory webinar scheduled for next week.CUNA announced the updated study earlier this month, and CUNA President/CEO Jim Nussle encouraged credit unions to participate so CUNA, leagues and credit unions have updated data to bring to policymakers about the costs of regulatory burden.“When we reported that regulations cost credit unions $7.2 billion in 2014, we generated a lot of attention here in Washington,” Nussle said when announcing the new study. “I’m convinced that this information, combined with the fierce advocacy of credit unions, leagues and CUNA, is a major reason behind the improved prospect for reducing your regulatory burden in the future.”CUNA, along with Cornerstone Advisors, conducted the study in 2015 looking at 2014 costs and finding that regulatory burden cost credit unions $7.2 billion that year. The updated study will again be conducted with Cornerstone Advisors. 10SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Blinded by the light, firefly species face extinction

first_imgThe Malaysian firefly Pteroptyx tener, for example, lives during its larval phase in riverside mangroves, many of which have been ripped up to make way for palm oil plantations and fish farms.The glowworm (L. noctiluca) has another problem — females are flightless, which means that can’t simply buzz off to a new location when their habitat is swallowed by a suburb, commercial crop or country road.Other species of fireflies, which eat only during their larval phase, are “dietary specialists,” meaning they subsist on one or two kinds of snail, earthworm or other soft-bodied prey. When fruit orchards in Mediterranean Spain are abandoned or give way to urbanization, so too do the snails preferred by aptly named Lampyris iberica, leaving the firefly larva nothing to eat.  Adult Pteroptyx in Malaysia, meanwhile, gather for nightly courtship displays in specific trees located along mangrove rivers. Many of those trees have been cut down. Of 10 possible drivers of extinction, experts fingered habitat loss as the top threat everywhere — except east Asia and South America.In those two regions, artificial light was seen as the biggest menace to the world’s luminescent beetles.”In addition to disrupting natural biorhythms, light pollution really messes up firefly mating rituals,” said co-author Avalon Owens, a doctoral student at Tufts.Many species of firefly depend on their ability to light up to find and attract mates.To make matters worse, that window of opportunity is very narrow: while the firefly larval phase lasts months to years, adults typically live only a few days. The twinkling beetles are so focused on reproducing that they don’t even eat. The survey found that fireflies are also being decimated by commonly used insecticides, the third major threat.”Organophosphates and neonicotinoids are designed to kill pests, yet they also have off-target effects on beneficial insects,” the researchers wrote.Fireflies light up by triggering a chemical reaction –- involving oxygen, calcium and an enzyme called luciferase — inside special organs in their abdomen, a process called bioluminescence.Their otherworldly glow has been an enduring source of fascination.  But firefly tourism — long popular in Japan, Malaysia and Taiwan — has also taken a toll, with fragile ecosystems damaged by too much foot traffic.The plight of fireflies at the beginning of the 21st century add a new layer of meaning to lines written more than a century ago by Canadian poet Bliss Carman.”And the fireflies across the dusk, Are flashing signals through the gloom,” he wrote.While climate change is not seen as a current threat, future sea level rise and drought also could accelerate the drive towards extinction.The dozen authors contributing to the study are all affiliated with the Firefly Specialist Group — set up in 2018 — of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN), which compiles the Red List of threatened species.  Topics : A few, such as the Big Dipper in the United States, seem to be flourishing.”Those guys can survive pretty much anywhere,” said Sara Lewis, a biologist at Tufts University in Massachusetts and lead author of the study, based on a survey of dozens of firefly experts.But other varieties — from the glowworms of southern England to Malaysia’s synchronous fireflies and the Appalachian blue ghost, both of which draw tourists — are being extinguished by humanity’s ever-expanding ecological footprint.”Some species get hit especially hard by habitat loss because they need specific conditions to complete their life cycle,” said Lewis.center_img Fireflies are in deep trouble, with many species facing extinction due to habitat loss and exposure to pesticides, according to the first major review of their global status, published Monday.Adding irony to injury, one of Nature’s most entrancing spectacles is also being snuffed out by artificial light pollution, researchers reported in the journal BioScience.More than 2,000 species of fireflies — which are, in fact, beetles — illuminate wetlands, marshes, grasslands, forests and urban parks worldwide.last_img read more

Another 41 on Japan cruise have new coronavirus: Minister

first_img“The results of the remaining 171 tests came out and 41 tested positive,” Kato told reporters.”Today they will be sent to hospitals in several prefectures, and we are now preparing for that.””In total, out of 273 specimens, 61 tested positive,” he added.There are more than 3,700 passengers and crew on the ship, which has been off Japan’s coast since Monday evening. It docked in Yokohama on Thursday to resupply for a quarantine that could last until February 19.Twenty people who were earlier diagnosed with the virus have already been removed from the vessel and taken to hospitals.Topics : Another 41 people on board a cruise ship off Japan’s coast have tested positive for the new strain of coronavirus, Japan’s health minister said on Thursday.The new cases raise the number of confirmed infections on board the ship to at least 61, said Katsunobu Kato.Japanese authorities have tested 273 people on board the Diamond Princess, which was quarantined after a former passenger, who disembarked in Hong Kong last month, tested positive for the virus.last_img read more

Health Benefits Of Kissing

first_img Share Tweet Share Share A kiss a day keeps the doctor away!Your mom always said that you have to kiss a lot o’ frogs before you meet your prince … but whoever said that was a bad thing? From burning calories to offsetting signs of aging, it turns out that smooching has scientifically-proven health benefits.So go ahead — pucker up!Kissing Prevents CavitiesWho would ever guess that spit-swapping kinda had the same effect as mouth wash? According to the Academy of General Dentistry, saliva helps build tooth enamel and all that extra saliva built up in a tongue-tangling Frencher washes the bacteria off your teeth, which in turn helps break down oral plaque.Kissing Burns CaloriesWe wouldn’t recommend giving up that hour at the gym, still, locking lips is a serious workout for your face. Experts estimate that one minute of passionate kissing can burn anywhere between 2 to 5 calories.Kissing Strengthens Your Immune SystemIt may sound counterintuitive, but swapping spit is a great way to fend off the common cold. Research published in Medical Hypotheses suggests that kissing is actually an evolutionary adaptation to protect against the cytomegalovirus. And if you suffer from allergies, a kiss from your partner can keep you strong. A study published in Physiology & Behavior proved that kissing can improve your resistance to having an allergic reaction. Researchers studied 60 people with skin or nasal allergies. They all spent 30 minutes in a private room kissing their spouse while listening to romantic music. They asked another group to do the same, but hug — no lip-locking allowed. The results? The researchers concluded that the kissing reduced their allergic reactions.Kissing Lowers Your Stress LevelSensuality — from kissing to touching to … well, you know — keeps us relaxed. To test the theory, researchers from the Arizona State University asked 52 people to spend six weeks making kissing a priority in their everyday lives. By the end of the test period, not only did they feel closer to their significant others, but they were significantly less stressed based on a psychological stress scale.Kissing Reduces Blood PressureAll that heart-racing lip-smacking is healthy for your ticker. Research shows that kissing dilates your blood vessels and therefore, helps reduce blood pressure.Kissing Relieves PainKissing releases all kinds of natural feel-good chemicals in the body and these endorphins have proven to be even more powerful than morphine to relieve pain. Specifically, research published in the online medical journal PLoS One found that these hormones are akin to the benefits of a pain reliever.Kissing Gives Your Brain & Body A Boost Of Happy ChemicalsThere’s nothing that unwinds you more than melting in the arms of someone you love … and those butterflies-in-your-stomach feelings you get from a swoonworthy kiss just sets you into paradise, right? There’s a science behind that. Kissing stimulates the release of oxytocin (the “love hormone”), endorphins and dopamine, which all mix together as a cocktail for health! After all, these chemicals boost your mood and your libido, proving that all that lovin’ is just what the doctor ordered.yourtango.comcenter_img 97 Views   no discussions Sharing is caring! LifestyleRelationships Health Benefits Of Kissing by: – July 21, 2014last_img read more

No administrative raps vs Albayalde – DILG chief

first_imgFormer police chief General Oscar Albayalde “Saadministrative wala na kasi ‘yun na rin ang decision at guidelines ng Pangulo. Du’n sa review, wala din kaming nakitang matigas naebidensya para ma-link nainvolved si Albayalde du’n sa ginawa ng 13, except yung command responsibility,” he said. Interior Secretary Eduardo Año said thereis no clear evidence linking Albayalde over the controversial 2013 drug raid inPampanga. Año, however, clarified that the investigations being handled by the Office of the Ombudsman and the Department of Justice will be “a different thing.” MANILA – The Department of the Interiorand Local Government (DILG) found no hard evidence that would merit anadministrative complaint against former police chief General Oscar Albayaldeover the “ninja cops” controversy. center_img Año added the statements made by other former CIDG chief Benjamin Magalong against Albayalde were “allegations without substantial evidence.” Albayalde stepped down as Philippine National Police chief on Oct. 14, less than a month before his retirement from the service on Nov. 8. He has consistently maintained his innocence over the allegations hurled against him./PN Magalong has accused Albayalde of blocking the dismissal of the 13 Pampanga policemen who supposedly kept and peddled 160 kilos of shabu seized from the 2013 raid.last_img read more

First ‘Free Fishing Day’ in Indiana announced

first_imgBatesville, In. — Saturday, April 21, is the first of four Free Fishing Days in Indiana this year.On these special days, Indiana residents can fish public waters without needing a fishing license or a trout stamp. Free Fishing Days are prime opportunities for families to learn to fish because adults do not need a fishing license on those days, and children ages 17 and younger do not need a license on any day.A number of special events will be held on April 21.— A Family Learn to Fish workshop will take place at Muscatatuck National Wildlife Refuge in Seymour from 9 a.m. to noon. Advance registration is required.— More family fishing fun will happen at Salamonie Lake in Andrews, Fort Harrison State Park and Krannert Park in Indianapolis, Clifty Falls State Park in Madison, Spring Mill State Park near Mitchell, Glen Miller Park in Richmond, St. Patrick’s County Park in South Bend, Tri-County Fish & Wildlife Area (Wyland Pond) in Syracuse, and Prophetstown State Park in West Lafayette.Specific information on these Free Fishing Day events is on the Free Fishing Days website at dnr.IN.gov/fishfree.People interested in attending a Free Fishing Day event should contact the host property in advance because some activities, like the one at Muscatatuck NWR, may require registration.The three other Free Fishing Days for 2018 are May 19 and June 2 and 3.To view all DNR news releases, please see dnr.IN.gov.last_img read more

‘It’s not fair’, says Solskjaer over FA Cup rest row

first_imgRead Also: Serie A: Juventus suffer title setback in thrilling Sassuolo draw“It was a big thing towards the end of last season that we felt our team wasn’t fit enough, we got a few injuries. This season we’ve not had that kind of a problem.“No, it’s not going to be a problem and a concern for us but 24 hours, 48 hours is a big difference at this time as well.”FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer claims it is unfair Chelsea have an extra two days of rest before their FA Cup semi-final showdown on Sunday. Solskjaer’s side face Crystal Palace in the Premier League on Thursday before returning to London three days later to play Chelsea at Wembley. While United endure that hectic schedule, Chelsea will have been resting since Tuesday’s 1-0 win over Norwich. United also played on Monday in a 2-2 draw against Southampton, with Chelsea in action at Sheffield United last Saturday. There is little opportunity for Solskjaer to rest players against Palace as United are chasing a top-four finish in the race to qualify for the Champions League. United are currently fifth, behind Leicester on goal difference and four points adrift of third-placed Chelsea. Solskjaer is concerned that United’s bid to reach the FA Cup final is being jeopardised by the fixture schedule.Advertisement “There is a concern, obviously, that they’ve had 48 hours’ more rest and recovery than us. It’s not fair,” Solskjaer told reporters on Wednesday. “We spoke about a fair scheduling going into this restart. Of course it isn’t. “But I have to think about Thursday. We’ve got to win that one, focus on that one, and then let’s pick up the pieces after that.” Solskjaer is adamant the semi-final is “irrelevant” when it comes to his selection against Palace at Selhurst Park. He believes United have the energy and drive to cope with the taxing programme despite fitness concerns over Mason Greenwood, Luke Shaw and Brandon Williams. “We’ve not really played every three days – we will now, definitely,” Solskjaer said. “The next two weeks will be hectic but, then again, we’re fit. Very fit. Our lads have not felt as fit as this for years, I’m sure.center_img Loading…last_img read more

Andreasen charges to Dawson County checkers

first_imgLEXINGTON, Neb. (June 23) – The secret of success Sunday at Dawson County Raceway for Tyler Andreasen was staying in the front group and out of trouble. Andreasen found the moisture and traction he needed during the waning laps to lead the final three circuits to earn the Platte Valley Auto Mart IMCA Northern SportMod victory.  Anthony Roth led the last 10 times around the oval in winning the Holbein Lawn Service/KLawn of Lexington IMCA Modified main and Mike Nichols hustled from the fourth row to top the Levander Body Shop IMCA Stock Car feature. Tyler Andreasen was the Karl Kustoms Northern SportMod winner Sunday at Dawson County Raceway. (Photo by Tamie Thurn)center_img Andreasen had made his way through traffic after starting in the sixth row. Jeff Ware repeated as the Overton Sand and Gravel IMCA Hobby Stock winner while Terry Tritt won his third consecutive Plum Creek Motors IMCA Sport Compact feature.last_img read more